2010 Wide Receivers Coach of the Year

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches including previous recipients will determine the the 2010 winners. Votes tallied on this page are considered; however a panel of coaches make the final decision.  Voting for this award ends on Friday December 10th.

Previous winners of the Wide Receivers Coach of the Year award are Bobby Kennedy (Texas, 2008) and Zach Azzanni (Central Michigan, 2009).

Curt Cignetti
Mouse Davis
Brent Pease
Trooper Taylor
Alabama Hawaii Boise State Auburn

Curt Cignetti – University of Alabama

Curt Cignetti’s trio of Julio Jones, Marquis Maize, and Darius Hanks combined for nearly 170 yards per game and scored a total of 12 touchdowns to help the Crimson Tide win nine games. Under Cignetti, the Alabama receivers have a knack for making highlight reel catches, time and time again. Alabama finished the season 18th nationally with 85 catches for 20+ yards. Don’t forget about the physical nature of downfield blocking from this group either. One coach that nominated Cignetti told us, “Every one of them blocks their tail off, too. They come at you; they understand angles, and play physical…real physical.” Cignetti is in his fourth year on Nick Saban’s staff. He also serves as the Crimson Tide’s recruiting coordinator.

Key stats
Julio Jones – 75 catches / 1084 yards / 7 TDs
Maze and Hanks combined for 78 YPG
18th in Receptions for 20+ yards (85)
22nd in Scoring Offense (34.5 PPG)
28th in Passing Offense (260 YPG)
Helped McElroy complete 70% of passes

Mouse Davis – University of Hawaii

Veteran coach Mouse Davis joined the Hawaii staff in the off-season and what a difference it made with the Warriors passing game. A total of seven receivers nationally went over 100 yards per game and Hawaii had two of them with senior receivers Greg Salas (131 YPG) and Kealoha Pilares (104 YPG). Pilares broke out against LA Tech with 18 catches for 217 yards. Unquestionably, the experience of Mouse Davis helped one of the youngest offensive coordinators in the country in Nick Rolovich. Hawaii went from averaging 22 points per game in 2009 to 38 points per game this season. One coach who nominated Davis told us, “We could have played with 12 (players) and it wouldn’t have mattered. His receivers have so much confidence. The quarterback is really good, but the receivers attack the ball and good luck tackling them.” Known as the “Father of the Run-n-Shoot,” Mouse Davis began coaching in 1975.

Key stats
9-3 overall record, WAC co-champs
2 of the top 6 receivers in the country in YPG
1st in Receptions of 20+ yards (64)
1st in Passing Offense (384 YPG)
12th in Scoring Offense (38.3 PPG)
10th in Passing Efficiency

Brent Pease – Boise State University

Under the tutelage of Coach Brent Pease, senior receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis took their games to another level. The development of junior receiver Tyler Shoemaker gave quarterback Kellen Moore three reliable options. The trio combined for 215 yards per game and scored a total of 22 touchdowns. From blocking to toughness to making the clutch catch, the Boise State receivers showed they are the complete package. Pease’s group helped the Broncos convert 49% of third-down opportunities (14th nationally), while scoring 46 points per game. One coach who nominated Pease told FootballScoop, “Boise’s receivers are grown men and Brent gets the most out of them. I had more doubts about us trying to cover them than anybody I’ve coached against in a long time.” Another coach told us, “They have great receivers that play like NFL receivers. Coach Pease is going to make sure they are physical.”

Key stats
2nd in Completion Percentage (70%)
2nd in Scoring Offense (46 PPG)
4th in Most Pass Plays of 20+ yards (55) 4th in Total Offense (525 YPG)
6th in Passing Offense (325 YPG)

Trooper Taylor – Auburn University

Give credit to wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor for developing an unselfish group of receivers that made their plays when called upon, but more importantly for Auburn this season, dominated the perimeter with outstanding blocking. Under Taylor, each player including former quarterback Kodi Burns excelled in his role. The trio of Darvin Adams, Terrell Zachary, and Emory Blake each had their opportunities to make critical, game-changing plays for the Tigers this season. Some make those plays and some don’t. For the Tigers this season, they made them. In 2010, it wasn’t one single star, but rather a group of receivers that improved each week and played extremely well. The top three receivers combined for over 140 yards per game, but unquestionably played a huge role in helping the Tigers rush for 291 yards per game. One coach that nominated towel-waving Taylor said, “We didn’t get off blocks, but I really didn’t see anyone beat them on the perimeter all year. I give Trooper a lot of credit. He coached them up. He did.”

Key stats
12-0 regular season, SEC West Champs
7th in Scoring Offense (41.5 PPG)
6th in Rushing Offense (291 YPG) 2nd in Passing Efficiency
9th in Third Down Conversions (51%)

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